A little wink here.
A coy glance over there.
So, yes, I’ve had an odd relationship with flowers. Both from real-life as well as sartorial perspectives but start the post rolling, I’ll address the former first.
When I was much younger, in my pursuit to completely strain against the rules of conventionality, I made a conscious decision to dislike anything society typically
adores embraces. Things such as twinsets (even dresses at one point), court shoes, jeans, pearls, and, yes, roses. Particularly the red ones. I pooh poohed them. I tsk tsked them. Then as my age increased, that streak of rebellion eased up a wee bit. I decided twinsets weren’t all that bad so long as they veered on the side of hipster and preppy, collegiate even, as versus grannies, mothballs, and kerchiefs. I began wearing (some) dresses. Jeans too.
I EVEN FOUND BLACK OR BLUE ROSES APPEALING
Although, to this day, I still hate pearls.
And you’ll never catch me in a pair of court shoes.
At this juncture, I feel compelled to apologise to both Dennis and Cyril, boys I’d dated when I was 15, maybe 16. Two guys who suddenly found themselves left on the wayside for no other reason save that they’d presented me with red roses. Clearly, what was a romantic overture in their eyes was naught but a nail in the coffin from where I was standing. Although, in my defense, the rose Dennis gave me was plastic, and meant for the fish tank. You know, you plonk it at the bottom of the aquarium, and once it’s plugged in, wee bubbles start emerging from the “petals“.
And, no, Eve, it wasn’t cute.
From the perspective of wearing florals, no. It wasn’t my thing. For the longest time, too. I couldn’t even look at a print of flowers and not think Laura Ashley. Dust-covered drapes. Little old ladies sipping tea from porcelain cups with perfectly matched saucers. Urgh. And when I said garments featuring floral (or fauna, for that matter) simply weren’t part of my style agenda, I meant I did not wear anything remotely floral for the first 37 years of my life. Yup. That long. And my first foray into that secret garden? A sports bra. You heard me. Sports bra. Pretty flowers in dusky rose, sage, and lavender.
I FELL HARD
And have not looked back since. Happily sporting flower rings on my fingers. Floral heels on my feet. In blazers. Pants. Dresses. Leather. Velvet. In all permutations, in all palettes.
Which brings me right down to today’s post.
Remember last month when Rania and I put together some outfits to showcase how flowers shouldn’t be viewed as seasonal? That they are, in truth, year long staples? As an extension of that mantra, take a look at what we’re wearing here. At a time when temperatures are lower than they were in September (well, some of the time here in Houston), when layers are required. And how the floral print transcends season. Transcends trends.
And how it works beautifully no matter if you’re going for a bohemian vibe look or a rock n roll vibe. Whether your florals are delicate or bold, or paired with texture or another print. Case in point, the gorgeous Rania.
Don’t forget to come back on 21st November as we share our final rendition of wearing florals when the air turns nippy, and the nights get longer. And perhaps when Houston (finally) becomes sufficiently chilly to don some hardcore layers. Pray for us.
I’m also doing a little somethin’ somethin’ extra today, with Laura, of I do deClaire. I adore Laura!! Just let me get it out right here, right now. She is the nicest, cooliest person ever. And it doesn’t hurt that she’s also one of the most stylish working mothers of her generation. Seriously, this woman always looks so put together. Collected, poised, with nary a strand of (gorgeous) hair awry. When Eve was that young, the best words to describe me would be “frazzled“, “unkempt“, “messy“. For reals. Thank you, Laura, for letting me co-host today’s segment of Confident Twosday with you. I’ve been
your fan groupie for ages now. But then, you knew that.
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